The Ascension of the Lord
Fr. Robert Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters
Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org/
For 40 days after His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. Then He asked His apostles to follow him to a hillside outside Jerusalem. When they arrived there, Jesus told them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, of all people who speak in every language, all over the world. Tell them that I died for them and arose from the dead to save them from their sins, so they can live forever in heaven with Me.
“Tell all the people to believe that I am God’s only Son, the one whom God sent into the world. When you make disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus then raised His hands and blessed His disciples. As He blessed them, He parted from them and was taken up into the clouds! He went up into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of God the Father.
After Jesus had gone into heaven, two angels appeared beside the apostles. They told them that Jesus would return in the same way as they saw Him go into heaven. Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem, to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Mk 16:19; Lk 24:50-53; Acts 1:6-12; 1 Pt 3:22).
Video on the Ascension of Jesus
The Word Exposed – The Ascension of Jesus
Published on May 31, 2014
Christ’s ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. Col 3:3). Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever. Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (CCC: 665-667).